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Jazmine Moreno

I only publish what I believe in, and my belief is love.

The term “moonshot” is sometimes invoked to denote a project so outrageously ambitious that it can only be described by comparing it to the Apollo 11 mission to land the first human on the Moon. The Breakthrough Starshot Initiative transcends the moonshot descriptor because its purpose goes far beyond the …

Two thousand years ago, the ancient Greeks looked into the night sky and saw geometric shapes emerge among the stars: a hunter, a lion, a water vase. In a way, they used these constellations to make sense of the random scattering of stars in the fabric of the universe. By …

Humanity has sent dozens of probes and satellites to Mars over the decades. These plucky spacecraft have beamed back dazzling photos, inspired hit sci-fi movies like The Martian, and even gave Elon Musk the idea to colonise the red planet. But how much do you really know about Earth’s next-door neighbour? Even though humans have …

WELLNESS–If you suffer from stress and anxiety, odds are someone in your life has mentioned meditation as a way to cope with it. Psychiatrists often recommend this therapy, and for good reason — research based on 19,000 meditation studies found mindful meditation can in fact ease psychological stress.  Despite that data, however, meditation …

Gigantism seems like a past phenomenon, given that enormous animals such as Megalodon and Tyrannosaurus rex died out millions of years ago. The largest vertebrate that has ever lived, however, is part of the present, and not past, animal kingdom. The distinction goes to the blue whale, which can reach …

The saga of the Larsen C crack is about reach its stunning conclusion. Scientists have watched a rift grow along one of Antarctica’s ice shelves for years. Now it’s in the final days of cutting off a piece of ice that will be one of the largest icebergs ever recorded. …

New research from Emory University scientists finds that fathers may play favorites when it comes to their children he study, published in the American Psychological Association’s journal “Behavioral Neuroscience” last week, examined the influence of fathers’ brain responses to male or female children. Researchers from Emory University and the University of Arizona …

Juno’s first major information dump revealed some incredible insights into our big ol’ friend, Jupiter. A few close approaches from the NASA spacecraft show that the gas giant has extremely chaotic storms and can generate aurorae in ways Earth can’t, among other oddities. In short, Jupiter is the wild west …

Deaths from Alzheimer’s disease are on the rise in the United States, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Researchers at the CDC found that, in recent years, the rate of death from Alzheimer’s disease increased by more than 50 percent, from about …

A professional big-game hunter died near Gwai, Zimbabwe, on the afternoon of May 19, after he was crushed by a female elephant that had been shot by a member of his hunting party. Theunis Botha, a resident of Tzaneen, South Africa, was leading a group of hunters when they surprised …